Malacanang on Sunday supported the decision of the Presidential Security Group (PSG) to relieve one of its members who was caught using a cloned automated teller machine (ATM) card.
Earlier reports said Raphael Malacay Marcial, a young Navy officer and a member of Philippine Military Academy Class of 2008, was apprehended at the ATM booth of Eastwest Bank on Chino Roces Avenue Extension in Barangay Magallanes.
He was reportedly carrying a scanner device used to copy ATM cards, as well as cards bearing different names.
In an interview aired on state-run radio, Presidential
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said Marcial will have to face the consequences of his actions.
“They must face the consequences of their actions in accordance with the law,” Coloma said
PSG head Commodore Raul Ubando issued a relief order on Marcial, who will undergo inquest proceedings in Manila.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE